NYC — Kroger will open its first retail store in the boroughs Bronx and Brooklyn on Wednesday, bringing the chain’s presence in New York City to the Bronx and beyond.
The Bronx, with its vibrant nightlife, bustling bars and nightlife that draws people to the city, is the home of a huge number of small, independent stores.
It is also home to a number of larger chains that have struggled in the years since they opened up their doors.
Kroger is hoping to add some new energy to the borough, one that could ultimately help the company expand into a wider market.
“I think the Bronx has always been a place that we think about and that we want to be a part of,” said Kroger Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith.
“And I think the combination of the fact that we’ve been in the city a while, we’re looking to build out our footprint and expand into areas that are underserved by the chains, is one that we’re very excited about.”
Kroger announced the news of the Brooklyn store in a news release that it shared on Wednesday.
The company has an additional 25 stores across the country, with a goal of opening in all 50 states by 2021.
Krogers stores are in more than 2,100 stores, according to the company.
Smith said the chain will open more than 10,000 jobs in the next three years, including nearly 10,600 new retail jobs, to help it expand its footprint in the New York market.
“It’s the most diverse region in America and we are focused on building our businesses in every part of the country,” Smith said.
Krogers has already opened a store in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and parts of Queens.
The Bronx store will be one of five stores the company plans to open this week in New Jersey.
The chain will have its New York store open at 7 a.m.
Wednesday, with the Brooklyn and Staten Island stores opening at 6 a.ma. and 7 a,m.
The Brooklyn store is expected to open at 6:30 a.mi. and the Staten Island store will open at 4:30 p.m., the company said.